Haryana Arts and Crafts

Haryana Arts and Crafts include a variety of style and flair. These works of art reflect the rich cultural heritage of Haryana. The famous Haryana Arts and Crafts are known all over the country for their splendid aesthetic values.

Haryana Arts and Crafts mainly include Pottery, Embroidery and Weaving, Phulkari, Chope, Durries Bagh and Paintings. Most of these are essentially village handicrafts. The Villages of Haryana are most famous for their woven works. The Haryana Shawl, an offshoot of the Kashmiri style of work, is a magnificent piece of art. Bright and brilliant colors form an essential part of the Arts and Crafts of Haryana.

The pots made in the villages of Haryana are brightly painted and designed intricately. This makes them appear very attractive. While the men make the earthen article the patterns on them are generally painted by some woman member of the family. Phulkari of Haryana is essentially a rural craft and in made by the women members. The Bagh is a bit different from the Phulkari and in this case the base cloth is completely covered with embroidery. Another kind of shawl made by the people here is the Chope.

Haryana Arts and Crafts are one of the major mode of income for the rural people of the state. Thus they play an important role in governing the economy of the state of Haryana.


Pottery is one of the most popular occupations in the rural parts of Haryana. Since the state mainly has a rural economy so this popular form of craft is considered with much importance in Haryana. The unique feature of the earthenwares of this state is that they are painted with rich and bright colors.

Pottery involves a main potter and a helper who will help him to prepare the mix. These works are generally done by the men of the village. After these earthenwares are given shape, bright and colorful patterns are painted on them. This work is generally done by a female member of the potter's family. Thus Pottery in Haryana involves a collective effort of many people.

Pottery is popular in many corners of India. The origin of the potter's wheel can be traced back to the pre-Aryan days. They are of different kinds and shapes. The Kick- operated type is popularly used in the villages of Haryana. In this case the potter needs not use his hand for the work rather they use their foot to turn the wheels. But the hand operated wheels are more common in the other parts of the country. The wheel is made of either cement or stone.

Embroidery and Weaving

Haryana is famous for its Handlooms, Embroidery and Weaving. The shawls, lungis and Durries are the most popular among them. The Haryana Shawl known as Phulkari is appreciated all over the world for its rich Embroidery. Though it is very similar to the Kashimiri style but the Phulkari of Haryana is unique in its use of colors and patterns.

The Phulkaris are worn by the women of Haryana with their Ghagra and Choli during the winters. Another type of shawl very similar to the Phulkaris is the Bagh. Intricate embroidery is the main feature of this branch of Handlooms. Almost the entire base cloth is covered with embroidery in the Bagh styled shawls.

Phulkari and Bagh are essentially products from the rural parts of the state of Haryana. Phulkari is done by the women population of some of the villages and it generally take years to complete one such piece. Weaving starts after the birth of a girl in the family and its completed to be given as a wedding present to her.

Last Updated on : 1stApril 2013